Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. OE.
heriban, fr. OHG.
heerbann, the calling together of an army; OHG.
herian army +
bana public call or order. The French have misunderstood their old word, and have changed it into
arrièrehas no connection with its proper meaning. See
A proclamation, as of the French kings, calling not only their immediate feudatories, but the vassals of these feudatories, to take the field for war; also, the body of vassals called or liable to be called to arms, as in ancient France.